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Quiz about Federated States of Micronesia  The FSM
Quiz about Federated States of Micronesia  The FSM

Federated States of Micronesia - The FSM Quiz


Located in Oceania, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an archipelago nation that comprises more than 600 islands. What else do you know about the FSM apart from its warm tropical climate and world-class dive sites? Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by Matthew_07. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Matthew_07
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
401,833
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Easy
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8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. As the name implies, the Federated States of Micronesia is located in Micronesia, which is one of the three main subregions of Oceania; the other two being Polynesia and Melanesia. A seemingly-related geographical term is Macaronesia (not to be misspelled as Macronesia), which includes islands that belong to Cape Verde, Portugal, and Spain. While Macaronesia is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, where is Micronesia located? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Located to the northeast of New Guinea, the Caroline Islands are the collective term used to refer to the group of tiny islands that are politically divided between the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Palau. With this information in mind, one can deduce that the FSM is located closest to which of the following major circles of latitude? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. As with other tiny archipelago nations such as Kiribati, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, and Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia is known to have one of the highest ratios for which of the following measures? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The flag of the Federated States of Micronesia features a blue field with four white five-pointed stars. Each star represents a state that constitutes the nation. The largest state of the country might remind one of an ancient city that was destroyed by the deadly Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD 79. Which state is being described? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Though Weno is the largest town of the Federated States of Micronesia, it is not the nation's capital. Which town, located in the northwestern region of Pohnpei, is the capital of the island nation? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Nan Madol is an important archaeological site of the Federated States of Micronesia. The small islands located in the lagoon on the site are interconnected by canals, earning the site the nickname of the "Venice of the Pacific". What happened to the site in 2016? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The Yap island of the Federated States of Micronesia is notable for its doughnut-shaped Rai stones that are used as money. These stones of various sizes can be found scattered all over the island. The stones were quarried and transported from which neighboring Micronesian island nation? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Known as the Wreck Diving Capital of the World, Chuuk Lagoon offers a spectacular view of naval warships and aircraft to divers. The site was used by the Japanese Imperial Fleet as a naval anchorage during which war? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. At 782 meters, the highest point of the Federated States of Micronesia is also the second highest mountain in the subregion of Micronesia. Which mountain, located in Pohnpei, is being described? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Written by British neurologist and naturalist Oliver Sacks (1933-2015), "The Island of the Colorblind" (1997) describes the total color blindness disorder that affects residents of which island of the Federated States of Micronesia? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. As the name implies, the Federated States of Micronesia is located in Micronesia, which is one of the three main subregions of Oceania; the other two being Polynesia and Melanesia. A seemingly-related geographical term is Macaronesia (not to be misspelled as Macronesia), which includes islands that belong to Cape Verde, Portugal, and Spain. While Macaronesia is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, where is Micronesia located?

Answer: In the western Pacific Ocean

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is located in the western Pacific Ocean. The five countries that are located in the subregion of Micronesia are the FSM, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the US (Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands).

The four main archipelagos of Macaronesia are the Azores (autonomous region of Portugal), Madeira (autonomous region of Portugal), the Canary Islands (autonomous community of Spain), and Cape Verde (an African island nation).
2. Located to the northeast of New Guinea, the Caroline Islands are the collective term used to refer to the group of tiny islands that are politically divided between the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Palau. With this information in mind, one can deduce that the FSM is located closest to which of the following major circles of latitude?

Answer: The Equator

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is located slightly north of the equator. Due to its proximity to the equator, the archipelago nation experiences warm tropical climate all year round.

The Caroline Islands span across the western Pacific Ocean, with an approximate length of 3,540 kilometers. The island of Tobi, belonging to Palau, is the westernmost point of the Caroline Islands. On the other hand, the island of Kosrae of the FSM is the easternmost point of the Caroline Islands.
3. As with other tiny archipelago nations such as Kiribati, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, and Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia is known to have one of the highest ratios for which of the following measures?

Answer: Coastline to land area ratio

According to the CIA World Factbook, the Federated States of Micronesia occupies a total land area of 702 square kilometers, with an approximate coastline length of 6,112 kilometers. These two figures translate into an average of 8.71 kilometers of coastline per square kilometer of land area.

The world's smallest nation, Vatican City, has a total land border of 3.2 kilometers, and a total land area of 0.44 square kilometer. These two figures yield an average of 7.27 kilometers of land border per square kilometer of land area.
4. The flag of the Federated States of Micronesia features a blue field with four white five-pointed stars. Each star represents a state that constitutes the nation. The largest state of the country might remind one of an ancient city that was destroyed by the deadly Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD 79. Which state is being described?

Answer: Pohnpei

The four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, from the largest to the smallest, are Pohnpei (346 square kilometers), Chuuk (127 square kilometers), Yap (118 square kilometers), and Kosrae (110 square kilometers).

The city of Pompeii was buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The ancient city was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
5. Though Weno is the largest town of the Federated States of Micronesia, it is not the nation's capital. Which town, located in the northwestern region of Pohnpei, is the capital of the island nation?

Answer: Palikir

Weno is located in the state of Chuuk. Palikir is located in the municipality of Sokehs.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. Paramaribo is the capital of Suriname. Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea.
6. Nan Madol is an important archaeological site of the Federated States of Micronesia. The small islands located in the lagoon on the site are interconnected by canals, earning the site the nickname of the "Venice of the Pacific". What happened to the site in 2016?

Answer: It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nan Madol was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, held in 2016.

The site is featured in "Civilization VI", a video game that was first released in 2016.
7. The Yap island of the Federated States of Micronesia is notable for its doughnut-shaped Rai stones that are used as money. These stones of various sizes can be found scattered all over the island. The stones were quarried and transported from which neighboring Micronesian island nation?

Answer: Palau

The largest Rai stones can reach up to 3.6 meters in diameter. Due to their big sizes, the stones might be difficult to move from one place to another. In this case, the ownership of the stones will change from the buyer to the seller, once the transaction takes place.

The stones were transported from a few neighboring countries, such as Guam (a US territory), New Guinea, and Palau.
8. Known as the Wreck Diving Capital of the World, Chuuk Lagoon offers a spectacular view of naval warships and aircraft to divers. The site was used by the Japanese Imperial Fleet as a naval anchorage during which war?

Answer: World War II

Chuuk Lagoon, previously known as Truk Lagoon, is home to one of the world's largest warship graveyards. The Japanese naval base at Chuuk Lagoon was destroyed by the US in 1944.

Scuba-diving is the main industry in Chuuk. The island is served by Chuuk International Airport.
9. At 782 meters, the highest point of the Federated States of Micronesia is also the second highest mountain in the subregion of Micronesia. Which mountain, located in Pohnpei, is being described?

Answer: Mount Nanlaud

Mount Nanlaud (782 meters) is the second highest Micronesian mountain, after the Northern Mariana Islands' Agrihan (965 meters).

Mount Ararat (5,137 meters) is the highest point of Turkey. Mount Nyangani (2,592 meters) is the highest point of Zimbabwe. Mount Everest (8,848 meters) is the highest point of Nepal.
10. Written by British neurologist and naturalist Oliver Sacks (1933-2015), "The Island of the Colorblind" (1997) describes the total color blindness disorder that affects residents of which island of the Federated States of Micronesia?

Answer: Pingelap

The total color blindness disorder is known as "maskun" by the locals. It means "not see" in the Pingelapese language.

A deadly typhoon destroyed the island of Pungelap in 1775. Only 20 people survived the disaster. One of them, Doahkaesa Mwanenihsed, was believed to be the carrier of the defective gene.

Ping Chau is an island located in Hong Kong. The Pitcairn Islands, part of the British Overseas Territories, are located in the southern Pacific Ocean. Pinto Island is an island located in Alabama, US.
Source: Author Matthew_07

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